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It Will Not Work Like This. Critical News, 8th February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 9, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

In secondary school, Accra Academy, 1966, one of our set books was King Solomon’s Mines, the narrative of Allan Quatermain, elephant hunter and explorer, and his adventures in the company of Danish man of action Sir Henry Curtis and Royal Navy officer Captain Good.

It made such an impression on all of us in the year group, we adopted names from the novel and assigned their characters to persons such as Scragga, the wicked bodyguard of King Twala.  Gagool, the witch doctor and chief advisor to Twala, was famous for being so ugly; and some persons found themselves on the wicked end of student humor throughout their five years.

But King Solomon’s Mines was significant for the use of “white mans” magic to mesmerise a more primitive community, displaying power and control over natural events, such as when a lunar eclipse conveniently presented itself to avert the sacrificial offering of the gorgeous Falouta.  Sir H. Rider Haggard’s novel was one of the best reads of our youth. Take a gander through the pages of King Solomon’s Mines from this link.

But what has been its significance in my life?  Acquiring knowledge to understand gullibility, ignorance and subservience by religion and poverty, why we hold on to mediocre existence in trepidation, scared of a return to a time when life was so bad, we gave up all and allowed Governments to take advantage of our docility.

I will borrow a quote sent by a friend because it is such a poignant phrase.  Winston Churchill. Read the rest of this entry »

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